Thank you to everyone who braved the weather to support the first Waitati Summer Music Festival, you helped raise around $900 for school and play center! It was a joy to sit in Bland park surrounded by good people and good music, something we usually have to travel miles to enjoy.
It turned out to be a great success with about 250 adults and squillions of kids enjoying the skate park, tennis court, toy library toy-zone and the world's longest football match. Burgers, sausages, ice creams, samosas, tea and coffee we enjoyed by all.
The costs were kept to a minimum due to the kindness of many people. Thank you to Waikouaiti Freight for the lorry stage, George Terry for the generator, Steve Bourne et al for the sound system, Hank Redman for sound engineering and all those wonderful musicians for performing.
Carl Stevens opened with his clever one-man band sample and loop-it trickery. Grungebob followed with their dark tones which were dramatically lightened at the end when Patrick (bass) proposed to Hannah (singer), and she said "yes"! Swampy then entertained us with his fantastic original songs (CD available) and Bob Scott followed with his brilliant voice and guitar. Tahu McKenzie and her band played some sweet bluesy soul and then King Leo upped the tempo with their signature jazz. Everyone got onto their feet for Skulldubbery who rocked (reggae'd) the dance floor and then Replay followed, covering classics from Santana to Dire Straits. Local heroes Kill Martha! also played a blinder, they really got the crowd going, and last but not least the Psycho King Dogs punked their way to close. Phew what a day. Let's do it again!
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